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Unprecedented sector changes for housing standards

By Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill passed its Second Reading at the beginning of 2018. The Bill has support from both landlord and tenant-focused organisations, who are eager for it to pass into law. Housing Management and Litigation experts Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan […]

Anti-variation clauses: Valid after all

By Gwendoline Davies  In 2016 the Court of Appeal ruled that anti-variation clauses in commercial contracts had no legal effect and that contracts could be varied despite prior express restrictions to the contrary.  That has now been unanimously overturned by the Supreme Court in MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd v Rock Advertising Ltd.  Walker Morris’ Head of […]

Social housing monthly law update – May 2018

By David Isaacson TLT’s monthly law update on all things affecting social housing Highlights this month include: ICO produces lawful basis interactive guidance tool Government consults on proposals to toughen rules on building safety Funding for supported housing: Government response published MHCLG announces plans for mandatory code of practice for letting and managing agents Land […]

GDPR enforcement and penalties: What you need to know

The General Data Protection Regulation will come into force on 25 May 2018 and brings with it new and improved regulatory powers for the Information Commissioner’s Office. What will this mean for businesses facing a data breach under the new GDPR regime?

Dutch law firms together against cybercrime

A number of Dutch firms have announced they will work together to fight cybercrime and digital threats. This group, in the event of proven success, looks forward to connecting with other law firms…

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Private client firms Hunters and May May & Merrimans to merge in April

Private client firms Hunters and May May & Merrimans have announced they are merging in April next year, creating a firm with 120 staff. The firms together boast a combined experience of 530 years. Lincoln’s Inn firm Hunters was founded in 1715 and Gray’s Inn-based May May & Merrimans in 1768. The merged firm will […]

DLA Piper partners advise Pfizer on $635m vaccines acquisition from Baxter

DLA Piper has advised Pfizer on the $635m (£405m) acquisition of commercial vaccines from Baxter. The deal included the meningitis prevention vaccine NeisVac-C and the well-known vaccine FSME-IMMUN/Ticovac. Furthermore, Pfizer acquired the production facility in Austria where the two vaccines are manufactured. The transaction was led by DLA Piper partners Christoph Mager and Elisabeth Stichmann, […]

Goodman Derrick announces support of the Creative Industries Federation

Goodman Derrick has announced that it is a founder supporter of the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) alongside 200 organisations and senior individuals from the UK’s creative industries. The CIF is a membership organisation that ‘represents the views of the UK’s creative industries, while challenging and assisting the sector to stay ahead of the international competition’. […]

Hitachi Rail Europe appoints six firms for inaugural panel

Transport supplier Hitachi Rail Europe has become the latest company to launch an inaugural legal panel, picking six firms for its roster (see story here). The appointment of Addleshaw Goddard, Ashurst, DLA Piper, Eversheds, Shoosmiths and Stephenson Harwood comes less than six months after the company hired DLA Piper lawyer Rachel Crosier as its first […]

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